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2010 in Focus

2010 in Focus: The Cabinet

The Supreme Court on December 1 recently made a ruling, allowing appointed officials (this includes Cabinet members) to run for elective positions in an election without them being required to resign first from their appointive posts.

This means that if the said official lost for an elective post in an election, he still retains his appointive post. But if he wins, I think he must choose between the two (please correct me on this).

Voting 8-6, the court ruled as unconstitutional provisions in the election laws mandating that appointed officials are deemed resigned once they file a CoC.

The provisions are violative of the equal-protection clause of the Constitution, and discriminate against persons holding appointive positions, the justices asserted.

And since the ruling doesn’t require appointed officials to resign by the start of the election period, Malacañang won’t force Cabinet men to resign, Ermita said. [1]

Senators have voice out their opposition to the ruling.

In light of this ruling, here is a list of current Cabinet members who have filed their Certificates of Candidacies at COMELEC, and the elective positions they will run for in the 2010 Elections.

  • Silvestre Bello III
    Secretary to the Cabinet
    – for Senator (under Lakas-KAMPI-CMD)
  • Eduardo Ermita
    Executive Secretary
    – for Congressman, 1st District of Batangas
  • Hermogenes Esperon
    Head, Presidential Management Staff
    – for Congressman, 6th District of Pangasinan
  • Agnes Devanadera
    Justice Secretary
    – for Congresswoman, 1st District of Quezon
  • Arthur Yap
    Agriculture Secretary
    – for Congressman, 3rd District of Bohol
  • Augusto Syjuco, Jr.
    TESDA Chairman
    – for Congressman, 2nd District of Iloilo
  • Luis “Chavit “Singson
    Deputy National Security Adviser
    – for Governor of Ilocos Sur
  • Lito Atienza
    Environment and Natural Resources Secretary
    – for Mayor of Manila
  • Avelino Razon
    Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
    – for Mayor of Manila
  • Edgardo Pamintuan
    Presidential Adviser for External Affairs
    – for Mayor of Angeles City
  • Raul Gonzales
    Chief Presidential Legal Counsel
    – for Mayor of Iloilo City

Also, here is a list of former Cabinet members under the Arroyo administration who have resigned before or upon filing  their CoC’s at COMELEC, and the corresponding elective positions they will run for in the 2010 Elections.

  • Gilbert Teodoro
    former National Defense Secretary
    – for President
  • Bayani Fernando
    former* MMDA Chairman
    – for Vice President (under Bagumbayan Volunteers)
  • Ralph Recto
    former NEDA Chairman
    – for Senator (under the Liberal Party)
  • Rolando Andaya, Jr.
    Budget Secretary
    – for Congressman, 1st District of Camarines Sur
  • Anthony Golez, Jr.
    former* Press Undersecretary
    – for Congressman, Bacolod City
  • Hermogenes Ebdane
    former Public Works Secretary
    – for Governor of Zambales

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